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Famous Vic Mitchell story: rubber bridge, right side up signals, his partner leads the Diamond Ace vs. a suit contract. Vic has T98, but wants a switch. He follows with the 8, but misses the table & the 8 falls to the floor. His partner asks what it was? He responded, “Small diamond.”
July 28, 2017
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I've had trouble with MUD in a lot of spots, but it also helps in others. Somewhere I recently heard someone recommend the ‘Polish’ style which includes MUD combined with low from doubletons.
June 25, 2017
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My partner certainly should have asked before making a speculative, matchpoint double. What is common or expected certainly changes over time. And alerts evolve. Intermediate jump overcalls and penalty doubles of overcalls are, I think, now alertable. I have no idea of all the varieties of 2N (2 place to play, or good/bad or natural or whatever) which are alertable, but I've always felt that over-alerting was better than under-alerting. Assuming a partnership knows its system, no harm is done. If it doesn't then unauthorized info may occur, and can be dealt with. (Until this thread I had never heard of delayed alerts.)
June 6, 2017
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I had never heard if the ‘delayed alert’ procedure, and now that I have, I am not impressed.
June 6, 2017
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Glad you are fat & happy. I think the spirit of the alert procedure is that when a bid means something other than what people commonly assume, it should be alerted. The actual practice of the alert procedure, as seen in this thread, varies by country, by event, by director & includes more ACBL nonsense. Even in this auction if they had been playing a weak NT, so the 1N rebid showed 15-17 that would be alertable (since it isn't what is commonly expected.) I could give examples for ever.
June 4, 2017
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My last tourn was the KC National. After a good run in Platinum pairs & disappointing final session. We had one or two director situations which I hate. One was where their auction went something like 1C 1S, 1N 3S (no alert) & my partner doubled knowing the cards were badly placed for declarer. They made easily as the 3S bidder had a huge hand, and they played 3S as forcing. No one knew or cared if that should have been alertable.
I had the next day off. I went to eat at the ‘Italian’ restaurant in the hotel at 8pm, and it had closed. It was snowing and freezing out. I found myself asking WTF am I doing here?
June 4, 2017
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I would say thank you for giving me another reason to avoid tournaments, and mourn the death of cash games. (At least playing with robots online, there are no alerts, although the bridge is certainly of secondary quality.)
June 4, 2017
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Reading this discussion, makes me happy I play only a few tournaments, and makes me think that even a few is too many. I might well have alerted 4C is this situation, and I would have been shocked to have the director called, and irate if I was penalized for alerting. It seems that the proliferation or rules has sucked a lot of the fun out of bridge.
This also raises the question what would have happened if this particular partnership played for 4C as natural, perhaps showing 6-5 or 6-6 in minors? That would also be unalertable, & might prove confusing to someone with a potential spade overcall.
June 3, 2017
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I agree with idea that this is a non-event. Why should anyone be warned about anything. I'm not sure if or when splinters are alertable, but isn't it fairly standard to alert in order to give your opponent the opportunity to ask what a conventional bid means?
June 3, 2017
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I really wish there were more round robin events or at least early rounds of events. They assure any team which makes the trek will have several days of bridge with or against the best in the world.
May 6, 2017
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If 2S=transfer to C & and 2N means opener doesn't like clubs, then it seems better to play 3D=shortness, and use 2N the transfer to D, bid diamonds if you like them and also use 2N as the weak 5-5, since opener will be declarer in his better minor when responder passes
March 13, 2017
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Why did he show shortness instead of diamond length - 1H 2N, 4D?
March 3, 2017
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If you bid 2N instead of 1S, what is your plan over 4H (weakest hand)? Kxx AKQxx xx xx type minimums are cold for 6, but others may be in trouble at the 5 level, say Kx Qxxxx QJx KJx. Not to mention I'd prefer a club lead toward my AQ if both majors are playable.
March 3, 2017
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Trying to give example of the many hands unsafe at five level, certainly better spade spots don't improve chances at 5 level.
March 3, 2017
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I assume WJS else 2S is fine
March 3, 2017
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Automatic pass. Matchpoints=NT, no info to oppon, they may re-open into disaster, even if we have 4-4 Heart fit & make 1 more in H that may be down 1 in 3H when we make 1N or down 1 in 4H when we make 2N.
March 3, 2017
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Why not start 1S. I'd rather show a good 6 card suit, even if it later sounds like I have only 3 hearts on some auctions.
March 3, 2017
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the other table could easily be in 6S X, so I've already won the board. Not sure why I didn't pass 6S.
March 3, 2017
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Why? Pard could have rebid 2S forcing, 3S asks for Q or shown 2nd suit or whatever - 4S sounds like the end QJTxxxx AQ Qxx x or similar will not do well at 5 level
March 3, 2017
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Right now, a lot of Americans are thinking of becoming Canadian.
Feb. 18, 2017
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